Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Hands-On Review

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM-2

I received my new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens today and wanted to share my initial impressions.

This lens is situated as the next Nifty Fifty in Canon’s line-up, offering the popular 50mm focal length at an affordable $125 price point. Of course, on APS-C cameras like the Canon EOS Rebel series will provide a field of view equivalent to an 80mm lens on a full frame camera. This makes it a nice option as a beginner’s portrait lens for the Canon Rebel shooter. [Read more…]

 

Fuji XF90mm F2 R LM WR Lens Announced

Fuji XF90mm F2 R LM WR Lens

Alongside the new Fuji X-T10, we get a nice new XF90mm f/2 R LM WR lens for the Fuji X-series line.

The new lens uses an optical construction of 11 elements in 8 groups (including three ED glass elements) that minimizes vignetting and creates attractive bokeh. It weighs less than 20 ounces offers a minimum working distance of about 24 inches.

The WR rating means that the lens is weather and dust-resistant and can work in temperatures down to 14°F. The FUJINON XF90mmF2 R LM WR will be available in July 2015 for $949.95. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Olympus Officially Unveils OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition and 2 New Lenses

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition

Olympus has announced the OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition with a titanium finish and is bundled with a matching leather shoulder strap and a serialized owner’s card, which also has its own dedicated leather case. The camera is otherwise technically the same camera has the original OM-D E-M5 Mark II, which features a 5-axis image stabilization system, built-in WiFi and a massive 40MP high-resolution shot mode. [Read more…]

Canon’s New “Nifty Fifty” EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Unveiled

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM

Canon has unveiled its new nifty fifty lens – the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens at the same $125 price point of the old nifty fifty.

With an EF lens mount, the new lens supports both full frame and APS-C format Canon DSLRs and EOS Cinema Cameras. The new STM focusing motor should provide faster AF for still images and will also support Movie Servo AF on more recent Canon DSLRs.

The lens construction features a metal lens mount and a larger focusing ring than its predecessor. Additionally, it has optimized lens coatings to suppress lens flare and ghosting. The new lens features a rounded 7-blade diaphragm and a 14-inch minimum focus distance. The front filter diameter is 49mm.

The new lens will be compatible with the Canon ES-68 lens hood.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is expected to ship May 21 for $125. Check it out here at B&H Photo.